Grandparenting was open to unlicensed counselors, counselors licensed in other states and currently licensed LMFTs and LCSWs in California. Unlicensed counselors need two years post-master’s counseling experience* to qualify for grandparenting.
Grandparenting period: Applicants must submit their application packet by December 31, 2011. If there are deficiencies, the applicant will have 12 months from the date of notification from the BBS to complete requirements. Requirements that may be completed during this 12-month period may include *deficiencies in the years of experience, supervised hours, coursework and examinations.
Education: A master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution, which is counseling or psychotherapy in content, includes 6 semester-units or 9 quarter-units of supervised practicum or fieldwork study, (See exception for pre-1996 degrees below) and contains at least 3 semester-units, or four and one half quarter-units, of coursework in the following 9 core content areas. More than one course may be used to fulfill a core content area.
View Core Content Areas.
Additional Coursework: In addition to, or as part of the graduate degree, instruction in each the following subjects must be completed prior to licensure:
Note: With the exception of the course in psychopharmacology, which is a university graduate or undergraduate credit course, the following requirements can be fulfilled with graduate or undergraduate university courses, online courses, home study courses or continuing education courses offered by BBS approved providers. See Providers of Coursework on this website for available courses. Contact hours are clock hours or hours of instruction offered as continuing education.
Supervision: Two years full-time or the equivalent, post-degree counseling experience, that includes 1,700 hours of experience in a clinical setting supervised by a licensed professional clinical counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical social worker, a licensed psychologist, a licensed physician and surgeon specializing in psychiatry, or a master’s level counselor or therapist who is certified by a national certifying or registering organization, including, but not limited to, the National Board for Certified Counselors or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Note: Counselors who have not been supervised may earn the 1,700 complete any additional hours needed in the 12 months allowed for completion of deficiencies. The BBS will not oversee supervision for grandparenting, but the Experience Verification form for the supervisor to sign is included in the LPCC grandparenting application packet. See Questions About Supervision for Grandparenting in Frequently Asked Questions for further detail here.
Examination: Passing scores on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination CRCE), and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) are required for grandparenting. View Exams for Grandparenting to see information on the national exams. The BBS will send the registration form(s) for the NCE, the NCMHCE and the California Law and Ethics examination after counselors have applied for licensure. Counselors will have 12 months from the date of that letter to complete any exams they have not already passed. Counselors using the CRCE must contact the CRCC directly.
Currently licensed MFTs and LCSWs in the State of California can be grandparented as LPCCs through grandparenting application 1 A, if their degrees contain the required number of units and the required core content areas, as listed in the above education requirements. They do not have to document the above additional continuing education requirements, since these courses have been required for their license renewal over the past few years. They have already met the supervision requirement.
The BBS Board has determined that MFTs and LCSWs will need to pass an examination on the differences between the practices of their professions and the practice of professional clinical counseling, in order to be grandparented as a LPCC. These differences appear to be in the areas of research, appraisal/testing, and career development. These “gap” exams will be administered by the BBS.
MFT Interns and ASWs, who are not licensed by the December 31, 2011 grandparenting deadline, but will have two years post-degree counseling experience by the end of the 12-month period allowed to make up deficiencies, were allowed to apply through grandparenting path 1 B, as unlicensed counselors, using 1,700 post-degree supervised hours and taking the LPCC national exams and the LPCC Law & Ethics Exam. These interns could have continued with their internships and end up with two licenses.
MFTs and LCSWs should contact their professional organizations if they have further questions. View section 4999.54 in the bill, regarding grandparenting.